What does this measure?
This indicator shows the number of reported serious violent crimes per 10,000 residents. Murder, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault are included in the serious violent crimes measure.
Why is this important?
Crime affects the quality of life of those who directly experience and witness it, but it also impacts the lives of others within the community, housing stability, and a community's attractiveness as a place to live, work and do business.
How is Orange County performing?
Orange had the highest rate of violent crime of counties in the region at 24 crimes reported per 10,000 residents in 2015, above both the region (21) and state (22). The county's rate has declined 18% since 2000, similar to declines in the region and state (excluding NYC). Among local areas in Orange, rates of violent crime were highest in the cities of Middletown (41) and Newburgh (146) in 2015.
Notes about the data
National data were not available for all years. Crime reports are never complete because some crimes, such as rape and assault, are believed to be underreported.